A nearly $300,000 grant will allow James Madison University and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County to continue research on the best ways to maximize success for the "littles" served by the nonprofit mentoring program.
This is the first in a three-part series examining the role the United Way of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County plays in the areas of education, income and health in our community. The stories also examine new focuses and criteria for grants for the 2014-16 funding cycle. Today's story takes a look at the education tier.
The Walmart Foundation, through the Walmart Burgess Road retail location, has renewed its commitment to bettering communities with a $1,000 grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Harrisonburg-Rockingham County.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Harrisonburg-Rockingham County is a youth-services organization that pairs adult mentors in professionally guided, one-to-one matches with children facing adversity. As an affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, the organization holds itself accountable for children in the program to achieve positive, measurable outcomes through research-based methods. Among other improvements, local evaluation data shows that children served progress academically, avoid delinquency, and experience increased self-confidence. Founded locally in 1976 as an outreach of Trinity Presbyterian Church, the organization is the largest Big Brothers Big Sisters agency in the state of Virginia, serving 752 youth in 2012.